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Hidden Faces & Somber Nudity: The Photography of Chiara Lombardi
Chiara Lombardi (@chiaralombardi) is a 22 year old photographer from Italy who fell in love with photography when her father handed her a disposable camera on a family vacation.
Her work has evolved from vacation snaps into polished portraits that play with identity, texture, and creative interpretations of traditional portraiture. Lombardi places a high value on personal connection with her subjects and to her, every photo is a self-portrait. Read on to learn how she approaches her shoots and why she rarely features faces in her work.
Can you tell us a little about how you became interested in photography?
Where my personal desire of taking pictures came into the world, I’m not still able to identify, but photography is an attitude ingrained in me probably since I was five. My father gave me a disposable Kodak camera, purchased in a newsstand during our summer holiday in Amalfi. Nowadays, I jealously keep those photos; they are the shots of the places visited, of my family, and some small architectures in Ghirri style—all of them seen from the perspective of a child. I’m still now amazed at sight of them and I wonder how I could take such astonishing pictures.
Your work has a very surreal, sculptural quality. What influences your aesthetic?
I’m inspired by everything that surrounds me, from the visual arts, to music, to bodies in general.